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Magic #3 Sells Out and Taps a Second Printing

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BOOM! Studios has announced that Magic #3, the next issue of the new original comic book series from acclaimed writer Jed MacKay, artist Ig Guara, colorist Arianna Consonni, and letterer Ed Dukeshire, perfect for new readers and long time fans, has sold out at the distributor level!

In response to the overwhelming support from retailers and fans, BOOM! Studios has announced Magic #3 Second Printing, featuring new cover art by series artist Ig Guara with colors by Arianna Consonni available in stores on July 7, 2021.

When their investigation into the role of one of Ravnica’s biggest Guilds in the assassination attempts on their lives lead Planeswalkers Kaya, Ral, and Vraska deep into the Undercity, they will need to succeed in the impossible – uncover the location of Duskmantle, the Dimir guildhall, and survive to tell the tale! Meanwhile, the assassin is amassing guild members to betray their own Guilds, even as their true motivations remain a mystery… 

Magic #3 Second Printing

Dwar7s Winter & The Lost Tribes expansion is NOW on Kickstarter!

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Dwar7s Winter and the Lost Tribes expansion

Vesuvius Media has announced Dwar7s Winter and the Lost Tribes expansion, by game designer and illustrator Luis Brueh, launched on Kickstarter and funded within the first 2 hours of the crowdfunding campaign. The Lost Tribes expansion is the latest addition to the award-winning Dwar7s series of board games, and can be played with Dwar7s Winter, Dwar7s Spring, and Dwar7s Summer (in development).

The Lost Tribes expansion completes winter and spring, and gets you ready for summer! During the campaign, there’s a possibility of unlocking over 140 miniatures for this expansion.

The Lost Tribes expansion adds 3 new tribes: Crystal Dwarfs, Half-Bloods, and Ogres. Each tribe has their own detailed back story and asymmetric gameplay.

Dwar7s Winter and the Lost Tribes expansion

Dwar7s Winter is a semi-cooperative, tower defence and hand building game for 1 to 4 players. It plays in about one hour and is recommended for ages 13+. Backers of this Kickstarter campaign will receive Dwar7s Winter Family Mode, which simplifies the rules and streamlines the game for children as young as 5 years old.

Much like the previous Dwar7s games, Dwar7s Winter and the Lost Tribes expansion is language independent (no text on the cards). The Dwar7s Winter rulebook is available online in multiple languages, including English, French, Greek, German, Spanish, Hungarian, Polish, Japanese, Dutch, Italian, and Portuguese. 

The Kickstarter Campaign will run until January 21.

Preview: Magic #3

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Magic #3

(W) Jed MacKay (A) Ig Guara (CA) Matteo Scalera
In Shops: Jun 09, 2021
SRP: $4.99

When their investigation into the role of one of Ravnica’s biggest Guilds in the assassination attempts on their lives lead Planeswalkers Kaya, Ral, and Vraska deep into the Undercity, they will need to succeed in the impossible – uncover the location of Duskmantle, the Dimir guildhall, and survive to tell the tale!

Meanwhile, the assassin is amassing guild members to betray their own Guilds, even as their true motivations remain a mystery…

Magic #3

d4: Tabletop Creative Conference this Weekend

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d4: Tabletop Creative Conference

San Diego’s Comic-Con Museum invites tabletop gaming enthusiasts from around the world to meet online for d4: Tabletop Creative Conference. This virtual conference will be held June 5-6, 2021 on the Comic-Con Museum YouTube channel.

The conference will bring creators from across the tabletop gaming community together for this two-day event that will feature recorded panel topics as well as special guest speakers covering a range of topics including: 

  • Design: The creation of play patterns, artwork and graphics that elevate the gaming experience.
  • Development: Encompassing testing and improvement of games towards publication.
  • Discuss: Marketing and media in the Tabletop game space, from podcasts to promotion and everything in between.
  • Discovery: An emphasis on helping players and publishers identify emerging trends and hot new games that define the future of the hobby.

In addition to the wide range of topical discussions with well-known figures in the gaming industry, d4 will also include a unique opportunity for established and aspiring game creators to pitch their concepts, designs and ideas to a panel of experts who will provide feedback on the game itself as well as the quality of the pitch. Feedback will focus on helping designers develop and better discuss their ideas. The Game Pitch Review will be broadcast live for those who register to participate.

A few of the special guest speakers include Tanya DePass (creative director, Motherlands RPG), B Dave Walters (lead developer, Into The Motherlands RPG), Becca Scott (host, Good Times Society), Ivan Van Norman (head of development, Darrington Press), Gabe Hicks (game designer, Roll20), Eric Lang (game designer, Marvel United), Tanya Thompson (director, global product acquisitions, Hasbro), Damon Saddler (key lead designer, Mattel) and more.

In 2020, the Comic-Con Museum was awarded a grant from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to host a conference in recognition of the cultural and educational value of tabletop gaming while also providing insight into the development of games we all love – d4: Tabletop Creative Conference was created. This grant will help defray some of the costs associated with the conference.

Marvel Returns to Tabletop RPGs with the Marvel Multiverse Role-Playing Game

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Marvel Multiverse Role-Playing Game: Playtest Rulebook

BE A PART OF THE MARVEL MULTIVERSE! Coming next year, Marvel will release an all-new Marvel Multiverse Role-Playing Game. The tabletop adventure begins with an introductory Playtest Rulebook that will put the Marvel Universe in the hands of Marvel and tabletop RPG fans everywhere!

Building on decades of thrilling characters and stories from Marvel Comics, the Marvel Multiverse Role-Playing Game: Playtest Rulebook will unveil a thrilling glimpse into the full scope of the Marvel Multiverse. Players will finally be able to take on the roles of Marvel’s most famous Super Heroes – or create entirely new ones – to fight some of the most dangerous Super Villains in the Marvel Universe!

Packed with illustrations from Marvel’s amazing comic book artists, the Playtest Rulebook will include full profiles for fans to become their favorite Avengers, mutants, and other heroes, including:

  • Spider-Man
  • Black Panther
  • Captain America
  • Thor
  • Captain Marvel
  • Ms. Marvel
  • Wolverine
  • Storm
  • And many more!

The game is written and co-designed by Matt Forbeck and features an all-new D616 System. The game is an accessible and easy-to-learn system for newcomers to tabletop RPGs and a natural evolution for those familiar with the most popular tabletop role-playing games on the market. Use Might, Agility, Resilience, Vigilance, Ego, and Logic to win the day, and discover your true abilities as you face impossible odds!

Marvel and tabletop RPG fans who pick up and play the Playtest Rulebook will have an opportunity to help shape the game with a chance to offer feedback on the rules before its full release in 2023! The game features a cover by Iban Coello. More details will be coming soon.

Warcradle Studios Reveals New Dystopian Wars and the BIG Gloomburg Castle for Pre-Order

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Warcradle Studios has revealed their June pre-orders and you can add to your Dystopian Wars battles or set up a castle siege!

Tempelhof Battlefleet Set

Joining the epic naval battles of the Dystopian Age, the Tempelhof Battlefleet Set adds three new exciting build options for Cruisers and two weapon options for the new Destroyers.

The set also includes two new SRS tokens to represent air units and high-damage Blitzen Bombers. Welcome these new ships by adding the Frontline squadrons set or another the Elector Battlefleet box set to your collection.

The full force of the Commonwealth can be felt soon, as the Borodino Battlefleet Set from Hunt for the Prometheus also goes up for pre-order, following Mozhayski. In addition to the mighty Commonwealth Support Squadrons, due for release at the end of June.

Borodino Battlefleet Set

Borodino Battlefleet Set

Commonwealth Support Squadrons

Commonwealth Support Squadrons

The ever-popular Gloomburg terrain pieces are back under the spotlight, with stunning new pre-colored scenery available to pre-order now: Castle Set and Siege Engines & Scatter.

Castle Set

The Gloomburg Castle perfectly fits both fantasy and historical tabletop settings, with functional doors and a portcullis that raises and lowers.

Complete with arrowslits and battlements, your units will find safe-haven behind these walls.

Siege Engines & Scatter

To complement the detailed modular scenery set: the Siege Engines & Scatter Set.

Offering the perfect add-ons to the Gloomburg Castle, with lookout posts, a catapult, drawbridge, battering ram and ladders.

Siege Engines & Scatter

Paizo’s Starfinder Alexa Skill Finds a New Home at Wanderword

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Starfinder Alexa Skill

Wanderword has signed a licensing agreement with Paizo to take their award-winning science-fantasy Starfinder Alexa Skill to new heights. Wanderword will manage the development of the audio adventure, adding the power of their experienced team.

The skill was originally developed by Amazon’s internal team in collaboration with Paizo in December of 2019 and currently has over 900 4-star reviews in the U.S. Skill store alone. The Starfinder team secured two awards at this year’s Project Voice Awardspicking up both Voice Experience of the Year and Developer of the Year, cementing Starfinder’s position as a flagship entertainment title for the Amazon Alexa. Starfinder features over 13 hours of interactive gameplay and is a must for anyone who loves voice-first interactive audio gaming.

The skill guides a solo player through an interactive adventure filled with professional voice actors, exciting sound effects, music, and multiple different story paths based on their in-game decisions. The challenging combat leaves you with the same satisfied feeling that you would get from another video game, but this can be done from anywhere and doesn’t require the use of your hands—just your voice and imagination!

FEATURES

  • An interactive space audio adventure epic with over 13 hours of audio to set the scene.
  • One free tutorial style mission, “Scoundrels in the Spike,” and six premium full missions are playable at this time.
  • “Starfinder: Scoundrels in the Spike” was adapted for Alexa by James L. Sutter, former Starfinder Creative Director and award-winning author.
  • Featuring the voice talents of Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Castle), Laura Bailey (Critical Role, The Last of Us Part II), and more!
  • Available for purchase now on Amazon, as well as through your smartphone or Alexa device.

Just say, “Alexa, open Starfinder.”

You can also visit the Amazon Alexa Skill Page.

Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground’s developers unveil 15 minutes of epic strategy gameplay commentary!

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Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground, the action-packed, turn-based strategy game developed by Gasket Games and published by Focus Home Interactive based on Games Workshop’s iconic fantasy IP, launches with full cross-play support on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on May 27. But today you can check out 15 new minutes of gameplay showcasing the game’s fast-paced battles with insight from the developers.

Join Jeff Lydell (Game Director) and Ian Christy (Design Director) from the dev team at Gasket Games as they take a deeper look into the many strategic options of the Stormcast Eternals army during a mid-to-late critical battle of the campaign against the chilling Nighthaunt forces. Your units can be used in a variety of ways and customized to fit your preferred playstyle. Before each battle, you’ll get to choose between unique weapons, armor, spells, and passive abilities for your units and create your own powerful synergies, with over 500 items available to collect.

Pre-order Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground today to get a special discount and the Spoils of War Weapon Pack, featuring one exclusive weapon for each of the game’s three armies. Visit the official store for more information.

Wise Wizard Games Launches Robot Quest Arena Kickstarter

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Robot Quest Arena

Robot Quest Arena is a new deckbuilding game from Wise Wizard Games. It’s currently on Kickstarter and has blown past its goal on the first day.

In the game, 2-4 players battle to be the best Robot Tech in the world. You control, protect, and upgrade your pot as you fight to knock out other competitors.

Each turn, players get a 5-card hand which you play for cool effects to gain energy or attack. You use your energy to move your robot or buy powerful new cards to improve your deck.

You’re able to attack your opponent removing their health cubes and adding them to your Victor Point pile. When a robot loses its last health cube, you take it off the board at which point it respawns the next turn.

The player with the most Victory Points at the end of the game wins!

You can get the basic game for $49 or the game and three expansions for $89. The campaign ends on June 17 at 10pm ET.

Robot Quest Arena robots
Robot Quest Arena

Gen Con Badge Registration Opens Today

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Gen Con 2021

A limited number of 4-Day and single-day badges for Gen Con Indy 2021 are on sale today at noon Eastern. The convention was rescheduled to September 16-19, 2021, and will proceed with a hybrid format combining three concurrent events to offer a flexible range of opportunities for participation: a reduced-capacity Gen Con Indy in-person at the Indiana Convention Center, Gen Con Online livestreaming, and gaming events, and Pop-Up Gen Con retail activations at local games stores.

In-person attendance will be capped to comply with local, state, and national public-health and safety guidelines, and 4-Day badges are anticipated to sell out quickly. Once they do, no further 4-Day badges will be offered this year, but additional inventory of single-day badges may become available based on changing health and safety guidelines.

All attendees who have rolled over their badge from 2020 are guaranteed a badge and have had their badges converted to 2021 on their accounts automatically, unless they request by email to customerservice@gencon.com by June 25 to roll their badge forward again to 2022.

You can check if you currently have a badge on your account on the My Schedule section of your account home page:

  • On desktop, click your name in the upper-right corner when signed into your account.
  • On mobile, sign in, tap your name in the menu, and then tap “My Schedule.”
  • If you bought badges for anyone besides yourself, they would see them on their home page or your “My Packets” page if the badges are being mailed.

Trade Day will return for Gen Con Indy 2021 in partnership with Alliance Game Distributors with a modified schedule and content tracks. A limited quantity of Trade Day badges will be available starting May 23 for educators, librarians, and retailers. Trade Day attendees who have rolled-over their badges from 2020 will be contacted with additional information.

Housing Registration for Gen Con Indy will open on June 6.

Registration for Gen Con Online and Pop-Up Gen Con will open on June 27, 2021. It will cost $5.

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